CGCSC's Quarterly Community Newsletter
BACK TO SCHOOL EDITION | JULY 2022
1ST DAY OF SCHOOL: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3
On behalf of the Center Grove Board of School Trustees, administration, faculty, and support staff, we would like to welcome everyone back to school on Wednesday, August 3, 2022!
While COVID-19 mitigation has been a focus of our administrators and staff for the last two years, we have never wavered on our commitment to safety. Last spring, Center Grove utilized the 2021 Indiana School Safety Grant to help fund the installation of the Centegix Crisis Response Solution in every building in the corporation. The system includes wearable badges with an emergency button for every staff member, along with strobes in classrooms, offices, hallways, gymnasiums, and cafeterias. The system allows for an instant lockdown of an entire building. The Centegix system and the more than 700 cameras throughout the district are monitored by our Center Grove Police Department staff at the new Emergency Operations Center, which opened in January. You can view more information about safety in Center Grove on our website at centergrove.k12.in.us/Safety.
While our CGPD staff and technology are important, we cannot keep our campuses safe without the partnership of our students and families. We encourage students and families in grades Pre-K through 12 who see a potential safety concern to share that information quickly and responsibly to a CGPD officer, school administrator, or via our anonymous reporting system, Safe Schools Alert (centergrove-in.safeschoolsalert.com). A link is available on the homepages of our district and all school websites under shortcuts.
We look forward to a new school year filled with exceptional educational experiences for all students!
Richard A. Arkanoff, Ed.D.
School Supply Lists
Supplies needed for each high school course will be communicated to students by each teacher during the first class sessions.
Grade 1: $168.12
Grade 2: $156.29
Grade 3: $150.95
Grade 4: $138.17
Grade 5: $146.32
Elementary Essential Skills: $115.00
Grade 6: $246.20 - $446.67 (includes $125 for iPad rental)
Grade 7: $248.95 - $454.92 (includes $125 for iPad rental)
Grade 8: $268.20 - $614.98 (includes $125 for iPad rental)
Grades 9-12: Up to $800.00, depending on the courses scheduled (average cost of $425, includes $125 for iPad rental)
Textbook fees will be posted in Skyward Family Access in late July for elementary students and in September for secondary students. Once posted, you may make those payments online via eFunds ($1 fee per transaction - up to $1000). Click here for more textbook fee information.
Class Lists / Student Schedules in Skyward
Class lists for elementary students and schedules for middle and high school students will be posted in Skyward Family Access on Wednesday, July 27.
Remember to update your email and cellphone numbers in Skyward Family Access to ensure your child’s school has the correct contact information for your family. One-minute tutorials are available on our website at centergrove.k12.in.us/skywardhelp to show you how to use Skyward Family Access to access your child's information, including grades, food service balances, schedule, notification settings, and more. Contact information updated in Skyward will automatically update in ParentSquare.
Center Grove's Food and Nutrition Services Department provides breakfast and lunch options for all students in grades K-12. Students will have to pay for meals this year, unless they have qualified to receive free or reduced-priced meals. (The universal free school meal program that was in effect for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years will not continue for this year.)
Breakfast Prices* (Applies to all schools)
Elementary: $1.70, Reduced $0.30
Secondary: $1.70, Reduced $0.30
Lunch Prices* (Applies to all schools)
Elementary: $2.50, Reduced $0.40
Secondary: $2.70, Reduced $0.40
Meal prices are established to cover food and non-food expenses, staff benefits and labor expenses, and equipment repair and replacement. The food service department is self-supporting and does not receive money from the general fund.
Menus and nutritional information are available through Nutrislice, which is available online and via iTunes and Google apps.
*Meal prices are pending approval by the CGCSC Board of School Trustees at their July 28 meeting.
Free & Reduced Meals/Textbooks
Center Grove Community School Corporation participates in the National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs. A benefit of these programs is the ability to provide free or reduced-price meals/textbook rentals to families who are eligible, according to the federal income guidelines. Families can submit the online Free & Reduced-Price Textbook/P-EBT application via Skyward Family Access. The application will be available the week of July 25. Only one application is required per family/household. Learn more.
School Bus Information
Bus Route information will be available in Skyward for each student by July 27.
- Log in to Skyward.
- If you have more than one student, choose a name from the drop down menu at the top of the page.
- Go to the left side of the screen and choose the "Student Info" tab.
- On the Student Info page you will see your child's photo. Click on "View Bus Schedule" to the right of the photo.
Before/After School Care
Before- and after-school programs are available through Honey Grove Educational Center for Grades K-8. Call 317-887-5500 with questions or visit honeygroveeducation.com to register online.
Become a Center Grove Ambassador
Center Grove will resume our Ambassador program for the 2022-23 school year.
The CG Ambassadors program is a course of seven monthly sessions that provide participants with a first-hand view of many of the facets of running the school district, including academic programs, safety and security, business management, transportation, and operations. Superintendent Rich Arkanoff and members of his leadership team meet monthly with the CG Ambassadors at various locations around the district to share the successes, challenges, and plans for each area of the corporation. Ambassadors are encouraged to ask questions and offer insights and suggestions for the corporation.
If you would like to nominate a resident of White River Township to serve as a CG Ambassador, please complete the form available at the button below. Deadline is July 29.
Center Grove honors 2021-22 retirees
Center Grove honored our 2021-22 retirees with a dinner and ceremony on Thursday, June 14. Together, these men and women have served more than 400 years in CG. The retirees include Jodi Barth, SGES; Deborah Burton, MSC; Barbara Clements, CGES; Susan Dotson, SGES; Paul Gabriel, ESC; Linda Henry, Maintenance; Marcene Hensley, CGHS; Paula Hobson, PGES; Richard Jones, CGHS; Angela Marsh, CGHS (Simon Youth CG Academy); Pamela Parker, ESC; Susan Porter, MSC; Anne Pratt, MSC; Petra Ray, MSC; Rebecca Sommers, NGES; Nancy Stuckey, CGHS; James Todd, CGHS; Janet Washburn, MSN; Julie Zarro, MSN.
Mendenhall named next Academy Coordinator
Jeff Mendenhall was appointed the next Academy Coordinator. His appointment was approved by the CGCSC Board of School Trustees at its June 16 meeting. In his new role, Mendenhall will oversee the Bridges Academy and Center Grove's Developmental Preschool.
"I look forward to working alongside students, staff, administrators, and families, to provide a safe learning environment focused on social, emotional, and academic growth," said Mendenhall. "Having worked in the district over the past five school years, I have had the pleasure of working with some of the staff members of the Academy and I know that we have some of the most dedicated, hard-working, caring individuals within the district." Read more.
A child who resides in White River Township and is at least 5 by August 1, 2022 may enroll as a student in the Center Grove Community School Corporation for the 2022-23 school year. Learn more.
If your student plans to attend a Center Grove school in August, but has not registered, please register online at www.centergrove.k12.in.us/EnrollNow. Student who attended a Center Grove school last school year do not need to re-register.
Center Grove High School names Bronkella next Athletic Director
Joe Bronkella became the new Athletic Director for Center Grove High School on July 1, 2022. Bronkella was approved by the Center Grove Board of School Trustees at its June 16, 2022 meeting.
Mr. Bronkella was the athletic director at Madison Consolidated High School in Madison, IN where he has served since 2017. Under his leadership, Madison was awarded the IHSAA Sportsmanship award in 2020 and 2021. During his career, Bronkella has coached football, basketball, baseball, and track.
“I am excited to welcome Joe Bronkella to the Trojan family as our new athletic director,” said Dr. Jeff Henderson, CGHS principal. “Joe comes to us with more than 21 years of experience as an educator, coach, and athletic director. He has a broad range of experiences that include coaching multiple sports, planning and overseeing major facilities upgrades, as well as hosting multiple ISHAA tournament series events, and serving on the board of the IIAAA. I look forward to working with Joe as he joins our administrative team as we continue the long history of success in our athletic program.” Read more.